Relationship guru Steve Harvey and his current wife Marjore cover the February 2014 issue of Essence magazine.
The mag gets up-close & personal with the celebrity couple, who share an exclusive interview in their Chicago penthouse, and the popular talk show host/New York Times Best-Selling author reveals that he’s had some issues in his marriage that almost caused his wife to walk out the door.
When problems in a marriage arise, it’s usually either sex, money or both that’s the culprit. That being said, Harvey revealed how a $20 million dollar tax lien almost cost him his marriage.
According to Essence:
The first thing the Harveys had to do together was face the IRS. According to Steve, no sooner had they been married than he learned his accountant had died, leaving seven years’ worth of Steve’s tax returns unfiled.
Tax payment checks made out by Steve were attached to the returns, but had not been mailed out, evidently, for years…the same year the Harveys vowed to stay together “for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer,” Steve Harvey was hit with a staggering $20 million tax bill…‘No one has ever even heard this story,’ he says quietly.
His confidants at the time all advised him not to tell Marjorie. ‘She’ll leave you,’ they said. ‘This is the happiest we’ve ever seen you,’ they had told him after he married Marjorie, ‘but nobody is going to stick around with this kind of mess.’
Of course, Steve told her.
‘I said, ‘If this woman leaves me over this, I will be the most surprised man on planet Earth.’
What do you think of Steve Harvey’s tax story?
Would a multi-million dollar debt make you ditch your spouse or would you ride it out?